I'm passionate about preventing youth unemployment and am the founding Director of ThinkForward, a programme providing young people with long term and intensive support to ensure that they make a successful transition from school to work. ThinkForward was incubated in Impetus - The Private Equity Foundation and, as well as leading and developing the programme, I do some other work with them as an Investment Director. In 2014 I was also appointed as a Clore Social Fellow.
Before creating ThinkForward, I worked in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where I was Deputy Head of Youth Services and then Head of 14-19 Development. Previous roles have included as Deputy Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and with the national charities Community Matters and St. John Ambulance. I am a qualified youth worker and teacher and have an MBA from Ashridge Business School. I am currently completing a Doctorate in Education at Homerton College, Cambridge.
In my spare time I am the chair of the programme board for the Centre for Youth Impact, a director of the Young Lambeth Cooperative and the volunteer regional youth manager for St. John Ambulance in London. Previous positions have included as Chair of the British Youth Council, Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council and as a director of the National Youth Agency. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Society for Education and Training and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. I was named by The Guardian in 2008 as one of the 'Future 500' leaders in public life and by Striding Out in 2011 as one of the UK’s top 100 Social Entrepreneurs.